3 Team Fixed 8 Hour Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This is a fixed (no rotation) shift pattern that uses 3 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. One team will be permanently on the day shift, one will be on the swing shift, and one will be on the night shift.

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3 Team Fixed 8 Shift Pattern


Plan IDC3TF08-1
Name3 Team Fixed 8 Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required3
ShiftsDay (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle7 days
RotationFixed plan, no rotation
Average Hours per Week56
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • Requires only 3 teams to cover 24/7 operations
  • Too many consecutive shifts with no days off
  • One team must work continuous night shifts
  • Requires an average of 16 overtime hours per employee per week
Common Usage24/7 operations with limited personnel requiring 8-hr shifts.
NotesFor 24/7 operations, schedule plans requiring 4 or more teams are preferable. This plan provides no non-working day and may be unfair to employees who must work the night shifts. However, it may be acceptable for short periods of time when employees live and work in the same areas, especially where there is little difference in daylight between nights and days, e.g. in a submarine.